Wiener Takes All – Film Screening + Q&A

Wiener Takes All

Wiener Takes All: A Dogumentary:

Award winning documentary about the crazy world of competitive wiener dogs, “Wiener Takes All, A Dogumentary” will be screening here in the tasting room at 7:00 pm.

Our own Joe Park, who worked on the film, as well as the films director, Shane MacDougall will be on hand for a Q&A after the screening.

Dogs are always welcome, but we strongly caution you that there will be a larger group in the tasting room, so please use your best judgement as a responsible dog owner.

Trivia Night

Trivia Night:

Our very own Joe Park hosts our weekly trivia night with a variety of themes and topics ranging from music, film, history, and the occasional beer-geek trivia.

Points vary based on the question, and quite frankly… how Joe feels about it. Bonus points are awarded for cleverness.

First round starts at 6:30pm.

 

Master Level Off Flavor Training

Take advantage of this extremely rare opportunity to go through the Master-Level Off-Flavors Kit in a casual and informative setting.

We will taste through 23 spiked samples of beer, discuss the aromatics & flavors, their origins, and potential fixes.

2 Master-Level candidates will also be participating, and will help lead the group discussion, and answer any questions about the various certification programs that exist.

These kits are extremely expensive and difficult to organize, so this is a great chance to experience them without all of the hassle & upfront expense.

Reserve your seat here:

http://www.thehomebrewersd.com/product/master-level-off-flavors/

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SD Homebrew Fest 2017: Winners

SD Homebrew Fest 2017
Recap & Winners

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The 2nd San Diego Homebrew Fest was another success for many reasons. Most notably, we raised funds for a great local cause that is vital to the future success of our neighborhood – extra curricular activities for a local elementary school. Friends of Jefferson Elementary, the event organizers, raise funds help teachers cover the costs of valuable supplies and learning experiences that are not funded otherwise (other than the teacher’s pocket, of course).

The event also gave 40+ homebrewers, cider makers, and craft breweries the opportunity to connect with community and spread their passion. This is perhaps our favorite example of how the hobby of homebrewing can bring people and communities closer together.

Homebrewers attended with their friends and family to share their wares, and talk about their beloved hobby with attendees. All guests were allowed to vote for their favorite homebrew/cider.

For a complete list of the participating brewers, read below, but first, allow us to announce the winners of the 2017 San Diego Homebrew Fest:

Official Judging Session Results:

This session was judged/coordinated by members of the Beer Judge Certification Program, as well as esteemed members of the brewing community. Entries were grouped into similar categories when necessary. 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place awards were granted to the top three of the entire competition. These entries were selected from the top 2-3 beers from each group. We also awarded ribbons to the beer with the most points in each group.

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Darrel Brown, Doug Brown, Sean Thompson. reamsphoto.com

1st Place:

Darrel Brown – Exquisite Blonde – American Blonde Ale – 18A

2nd Place:
Sean Thompson – Aperplop – Apricot Cider – Cider w/ Other Fruit – C2B

3rd Place:
Doug Brown – Suppermolly (Don’t Haze Me Bro) – American IPA – 21A

 

 

 


 

Group Leaders:

People's Choice Winner: Ben Elson
People’s Choice Winner: Ben Elson

The following brewers came out on top of their groups, and advanced to the overall Best of Show (BOS).

Pale Ale/IPA:
Doug Brown – Suppermolly (Don’t Haze Me Bro) – American IPA – 21A

Light/Amber/Dark/Strong/Cider:
Darrel Brown – Exquisite Blonde – American Blonde Ale – 18A

Spice/Fruit/Specialty Beers:
Ben Elson – Rope Swing: Dry Hopped Farmhouse Ale (NZ hops) – 28A – Brett Beer

Belgian/Sour Beers:
Ben Elson – Rope Swing: Dry Hopped Farmhouse Ale (NZ hops) – 28A – Brett Beer

People’s Choice Awards:

This award is granted to the crowd favorite. Each attendee placed a ballot for their top pick. The winner this year, by a sizeable margin, was Ben Elson for his Rope Swing: Dry Hopped Farmhouse Ale (NZ hops) – in the Brett Beer category 28A.

Other Participants/Thanks Yous:

We have several people/groups to be grateful for:

Waypoint Public, The Homebrewer, Barons MarketCommunity Real Estate Co, Observatory North Park, A7D Creative Group Inc, Green Beans PreSchool North Park Beer Co, Pariah Brewing Co, Coronado Brewing Co, Thorn St Brewery, Fall Brewing Co, Mike Hess Brewing, Home Brewing CoBeer Can Soap, SD Beer Talk Podcast, Woo Bars, Original Grain Watches

Many thanks to all of our participating homebrewers:

Hayden Charter, Roy Leyrer, Josiah Vivona, Ralph Carrasquillo, Doug Brown, Jeremiah Trammel, Edgar Regis, Joseph Herrmann, Mark Bolczak, Gloria Pratt, Nicholas Schoch, Mark Vacha, Ben Elson, Michael Lettieri, Edgar Regis, Joe Pastry, Ben Elson, Sarah Schoch, Doug VomSteeg, Daniel Huffman, Chris Sullivan, Darrel Brown, Daniel Huffman, Tricia Gallant, Nicholas Schoch, Sean Thompson, Jesse Valle, Charles Pulley, Andrea Cerda, Anthony Espinoza, Jeremiah Trammel, Michael Zimbric

 

First Annual San Diego Homebrew Festival and Competition

Friends of Jefferson Elementary presents the first of what we hope will become an annual North Park tradition. 30 brewers will compete for the title of San Diego’s Best Home Brewer. Tickets include unlimited tastings of the home brews, as well as offerings from our five guest breweries–Mike Hess, Thorn Street, Monkey Paw, Home, and Fall. 

In addition there will be chances to talk beer with local experts, play games with your friends, and compete for awesome prizes donated by nearby businesses. All proceeds go toward supporting educational and enrichment opportunities at Jefferson Elementary, North Park’s neighborhood public elementary school. 

Beer and Cheese Pairing: Northern Europe

This series of courses explores the affinities for food and beer using cheese as our guide. We will spend time reviewing the basic tenants of beer and food pairing before we turn to some specific examples of beers and cheeses.

Tasting will include a flight of beers following the specific theme listed in the title, and 3-4 classic cheese examples to explore.

We will use this as a platform to facilitate group discussion about tasting and pairing.

Reserve your seat here.

http://www.thehomebrewersd.com/product/beer-and-cheese-pairing

CANCELLED – Beer Style Breakdown: The UK

This is a curated study group. I will select and purchase all of the styles according to the BJCP.

We will split the cost of the beers amongst all of us. Bring $15-30 cash.

The flight of beers will follow a specific trend/theme designed for breadth and depth where possible.

We will go over the beers together and spend time researching/discussing the brewery, the beer itself, the style, food pairings, etc…

This will be fun and light hearted, but the goal is to have a place where we can be a little more focused and organized, so the only other request is that you take it seriously, and keep chatter down to a minimum.

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Must be 21, or over, to attend.

Each group starts at 6:30pm

To Register:

Go to http://www.thehomebrewersd.com/product/style-focus-study-group-series/

select the appropriate date/class.

 

Basic Off Flavors

A large part about improving yourself as a brewer is understanding how to identify off flavors, how they are created, and how to avoid them. These skill sets are also important for bartenders, servers, restaurant/bar owners. The average beer consumer should also be aware of how to identify these flaws, and how to politely address the issue if they are served a flawed beer. Not all flaws are equal, and some “flaws” are acceptable to a certain degree in many styles. This course will serve as a building block for building your overall beer knowledge and appreciation. This 1.5 hr class will provide samples of a control beer that has been dosed with the chemical compounds that we associate with the most common off-flavors in beer production and draft dispense. Includes:

  • 6 Off-flavors
  • 1 control beer
  • Guided tasting/instruction

Must be 21, or older, to attend.

Reserve your seat here.

 http://www.thehomebrewersd.com/product/basic-off-flavors-course

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Our License to Brew Beer

Today we received our packet from the ABC. Included is a checklist of forms to complete, and a nifty sign to post in our window. Essentially we are now in the protest phase of our application. The sign in our window will remain for 30 days, and we are required to send out notifications to nearby residences. The community has 30 days to make any protests. At that point it is up to us to negotiate/explain/placate any and all concerns. It’s an important process designed to empower the community.

So are we so nervous? Well, there is small, and vocal, portion of our community that opposes absolutely every application, forcing applicants to spend money on rent, lawyers, and delayed start dates. We can’t afford much of this.

The SD Police Department is also vocal in this process. As they should be. They are the ones that we all rely on to keep our streets & sidewalks safe, and they are grossly underfunded and overworked. They are likely to impose as many restrictions as they can. We will be reaching out to them in the coming days so that we can begin the dialogue.

For now, we will post below a copy of the letter to our neighbors that we have posted next to our sign. It will answer some basic questions about our goals/vision.

Dear Neighbors,
We are excited to announce our plans to begin brewing on the small scale. Our plans for our brewery are a little different than most, so we hope you will take the time to read the Q&A below in order to learn more. Most of all, we are honored to have this opportunity to play a long lasting, sustainable, and positive role in the growth of our beautiful neighborhood.
We invite you to come in and chat with us about our plans. You can also email us at brew@thehomebrewersd.com.

Q: What is The Homebrewer?
A: We are a resource center for homebrewers. We provide the equipment, ingredients, and knowledge for those interested in making their own beer at home. Our emphasis is on educating the community about how to make quality, great tasting beer, and how to appreciate the rich history and many styles of beer with respect and responsibility.

Q: Do you intend to become a bar?
A: Absolutely not. Our favorite bars are nearby, and within walking distance of our shop, you should go check them out. We will not serve the quantities or have the operating hours of a bar.

Q: So then why do you need this license?
A: This license will allow us to brew examples of certain styles, showcase specific ingredients, and demonstrate different brewing techniques. This will better enable us to inform/educate all of our customers and the community at large. We hold regular classes about how to brew beer at home, and this will allow us to serve you all better in this regard.

Q: What will the atmosphere be like?
A: Our beer showcase room will feel more like a small winery than a bar/”tasting room.” Our staff will be trained to discuss the different aspects/qualities or beer making, and our goal is to educate and inform the average consumer and the homebrewer of every skill level.

Q: What kind of beer will you produce?
A: We would like to create beers that you can enjoy with your favorite family dinner. This means low to moderate alcohol levels, and flavors that are ideal for food pairing.

Q: What is your ideal customer/transaction?
A: We hope you will come in, try a few examples of different beer styles/brewing techniques. Ask our knowledgeable staff about how those beers were created, what foods they will pair with, and which beers like it you should look out for at nearby establishments. If one of our beers is ideal for your next meal, we hope that you will take a refillable bottle of it home to share with your friends and family.

Q: Are you willing to listen to any concerns?
A: Certainly. Our neighborhood and it’s future is an ongoing community effort that requires the input and consideration of every one of us. We all of have valid points about what our neighborhood should look like in the future, and it is all of our responsibilities to take the time to share our views and listen to the views of others. We want our business to play a positive, long-lasting role in our neighborhood, and we want every individual to feel empowered about the direction we are all taking. We only ask that you keep an open mind to our dreams, vision, ideals, and opinions about how to create sustainable, walk-able, friendly, and economically viable neighborhoods.

Sincerely,

The Homebrewer – (George, Molly, Chris, Doug, Francisco, Robby)

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Dry-Hop Experiment

Jeff from Mash Heads, a homebrew club in San Diego proposed an experiment in which we dry hopped bottles of beer with different varieties.

We had a keg of Mission Brewing light lager to work with, an ideal base for our experiment. We filled 15 22 oz bottles using a ratio of 1/2 oz per gallon, many higher gravity IPAs use 1 oz per gallon.

Jamie and Tricia from Mash Heads were kind enough to host the tasting at their house. There were about 12 Mash Heads present.

For info about the hops we used, and some tasting notes check out Jamies blog at The Cask & Barrel.